QUICK GUIDE TO ELASTICS
Using the correct pole elastic is vital to maximising the number of fish you land, so you must get it right!
BALANCED tackle is critical to helping land every fish, and the grade of elastic you choose plays a major part. An elastic that is too heavy for the job will lose lots of fish, and a grade that is too light will see you spend all day trying to land that potential personal best.
Ideal for silverfish, it is extremely soft and will reduce the number of fish you ‘bump’ off. It will also be able to handle any bonus F1s, tench and even small carp that turn up, especially if you are using a Pulla Bung.
Pink Daiwa Hydrolastic or Middy Hi-Viz Shock Core Hollow Green Mainline: 3lb Hooklength: 2lb
When fishing for F1s on the deck, you need something soft that will power up quickly to land fish from a few ounces up to 3lb. The finesse and power of this elastic will also cushion any last-ditch lunges at the net.
Blue Daiwa Hydrolastic or Preston Innovations blue Dura Hollo Mainline: 4lb Hooklength: 2lb 8oz
Use when fishing shallow for F1s that will dart off the moment they are hooked. This elastic has enough power to stop them running into other anglers’ pegs. This grade will also handle any bonus bigger carp.
White Daiwa Hydrolastic and NG White Amber Core Mainline: 4lb 8oz Hooklength: 3lb 8oz
When fishing for carp in open water, this elastic is the one to use. Also good for specimen perch. The species have very bony mouths, so it’s important to use an elastic that sets the hook upon a firm strike.
Grey Daiwa Hydrolastic or Matrix Solid 14 Mainline: 6lb Hooklength: 5lb
If you’re looking to put together a 100lb-plus net of carp, you’ll need an elastic of this grade to get the fish in quicker. Tensioning it on the soft side will eliminate the problem of losing lots of fish.
Purple Daiwa Hydrolastic or Yellow Preston Innovations Dura Hollo Mainline: 7lb Hooklength: 6lb
When catching big carp close to reeds or lilies, you’ll need some serious gear to make sure they don’t delve deep into the snags. This is a very heavy elastic, and it’s important to check that your pole can cope with it.
Red Daiwa Hydrolastic or Orange NG Twin Core Hollow Mainline: 9lb Hooklength: 7lb 8oz